Archive for April 28th, 2011

by lizard

How dare you, monstrous storm system spawning over a hundred tornadoes killing hundreds of people, try to usurp the coverage of the happy time fairy tale event happening tomorrow. Luckily the cable news front holds strong, spewing the fawning regurgitations of Charles and Diana as an endless stream of royal inanities pour from the telly.

by jhwygirl

Started to write this post, but it appears there is a motion to reconsider on the House floor and now they’ve gone to recess.

Time will tell whether they (and the citizens of Montana) got played…but it more than a few of them are wanting to correct the current deplorable situation.

Well, looks like many in the House, but not enough, tried to correct their vote. A 62 to 34 majority voted to reconsider HB198, the ugly eminent domain bill that we’ve written about here a number of times (hit the search for HB198 or “eminent”).

So we’re back to a bill that is going to be transmitted to the Governor who said he wanted a sunset clause.

A sunset clause on a bill that Governor Brian Schweitzer said he knows is bad. A bill that hands the takings of private property into the control of very profit-driven private businesses that have no obligation to public gain.

I’d call the situation bizarre if it didn’t involve private property owned by citizens of this great State of Montana. And for that reason, it’s tragic. People will look back on this law – if it does become law – as a turning point for this state much like the deregulation of Montana Power.

Governor Schweitzer has two options, really: Veto or approve. With no chance of an amendatory veto, any failure on his part to take one of those two formal actions – and let’s be clear here: Not signing it and allowing it to lapse into law is equal to approving it – is weak. Especially after the fiasco he created out of the 2007 legislative bill he allowed to lapse.

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